From Robb Report: Mercedes-Benz just proved truth is stranger than fiction. The German marque has released actual driving footage of its Avatar-inspired electric vehicle and it’s even more insane than the initial renderings.

The Vision AVTR concept was unveiled at CES earlier this year, but most assumed the fantastical four-wheeler would never see the light of day. Roughly nine months on, the automaker has showcased a working prototype in a 13 minute YouTube video—and it’s futuristic, to say the very least.

Designed in partnership with Avatar creator James Cameron, the Vision AVTR utilizes biometric controls to help the driver and vehicle merge into a “symbiotic organism.” Kind of like how the Na’vi merge with the flying mountain banshees in the 2009 sci-fi epic. But instead of forming a neural connection with the Vision AVTR, drivers will control it through a pulsating sensor in the center console.

Subaru of America, Inc. today announced that the automaker has been awarded the 2020 J.D. Power Best Brand Loyalty Award among mainstream brands for the second consecutive year. Subaru was ranked highest among mass market brands—with a loyalty rate of [60.5%], beating out all other mass market automakers. The distinction recognizes automotive brands for a combination of longevity, value, trust, and performance stemming from the J.D. Power U.S. Automotive Brand Loyalty Study.

"Subaru owners are drawn to the reliability and capability of our vehicles, as well as the trustworthiness of our brand, and this award from J.D. Power is a testament to their loyalty," said Thomas J. Doll, President and CEO, Subaru of America, Inc. "We remain grateful for the dedication of our owners and we are proud to [...]

From Businessinsider.com:  Rossmönster Vans created a custom tiny home on wheels — named the Grand Teton — on a 170-inch Mercedes Benz Sprinter.

The Grand Teton was created for a couple who wanted to have a mobile home away from their city apartment for a year-long #VanLife trek across the US, according to Rossmönster. To cater to this plan, Rossmönster created a custom build on a four-by-four Sprinter that reflects both the comforts and functionalities of a traditional home.

"We designed this van with full-time van living in mind," Rossmönster co-owner and designer Luke Farny said in a statement. "This client has everything he needs to take the pleasures of home on the road."

Rossmönster is a Colorado-based camper conversion company that consists of a team of woodworkers, carpenters, and engineers who all share a common interest for the [...]

From Barron's: Iconic American auto maker General Motors is joining forces to build ventilators in America’s battle with the Covid-19 pandemic.

The company said Friday evening that it was leveraging its logistics, purchasing, and manufacturing expertise to assist health-care equipment maker Ventec to increase output.

“With GM’s help, Ventec will increase ventilator production,” said Ventec Life Systems CEO Chris Kiple in a joint news release. “By tapping their expertise, GM [ticker: GM] is enabling us to get more ventilators to more hospitals much faster. This partnership will help save lives”

Earlier in the week, President Donald Trump said he had invoked the Defense Protection Act to help spur production of needed medical equipment in the battle against the virus. General Motors said on Thursday that it was [...]

Subaru of America, Inc. announced that its 2020 vehicle lineup offers four TOP SAFETY PICK+ and five TOP SAFETY PICK awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). For 2020, Subaru tied for most IIHS awards earned by an individual brand:

TOP SAFETY PICK + Winners
Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid
Subaru Forester
Subaru Legacy
Subaru Outback (built after October 2019)

TOP SAFETY PICK Winners
Subaru Ascent (with specific headlights)
Subaru Crosstrek (with EyeSight® and specific headlights)
Subaru Impreza sedan and five-door (with EyeSight® and specific headlights)
Subaru WRX (with EyeSight® and specific headlights)

The IIHS launched its TOP SAFETY PICK award in the 2006 model year to help consumers identify vehicles with the highest safety ratings. For 2020, the IIHS has strengthened award criteria that prioritise the protection of pedestrians in addition to vehicle occupants.

This was the seventh time since the awards’ inception that IIHS has [...]

Subaru Named Best Brand

February 10th, 2020

Subaru of America, Inc. today announced that the automaker has won in two major categories of Kelley Blue Book’s 2020 5-Year Cost to Own Awards. This year’s honours, which recognise brands and new vehicles with the lowest projected ownership costs, were awarded to Subaru for “Best Brand” for the second year in a row and the 2020 Subaru Forester for “Best Compact SUV.”

“We are honoured to receive the esteemed 2020 Kelley Blue Book 5-Year Cost to Own Award and grateful to receive the award in both overall brand and best compact SUV categories,” said Thomas J. Doll, President and CEO, Subaru of America, Inc. “This is the fourth time Subaru has been named in these awards, which is a testament to our dedication to producing vehicles that are not only safe and stylish, but [...]

From Farming Life: The multi award-winning Isuzu D-Max has been crowned What Van? ‘Pick-up of the Year’ for the third consecutive year, testimony to Isuzu’s mission to provide the best pick-up for the UK’s professional and private users.

The Isuzu D-Max was awarded What Van? Pick-Up of The Year for 2020 with the expert judging panel praising its substance, style and outstanding value for money. This latest stunning accolade completes a fantastic year for D-Max, winning a record haul of industry trophies in 2019.

The Isuzu D-Max emerged victorious, beating off strong competition from rivals in a highly contested sector.

Judges were impressed by the economy, refinement and power of the class-leading 164 PS turbo diesel engine, that provides impressive performance and builds upon the Isuzu D-Max’s reliable workhorse character.

With [...]

From Rental Equipment Register: A modified JCB Fastrac has set a new world tractor speed record of 135.191 mph, which was the average of two high-speed runs conducted at Elvington Airfield in the United Kingdom and ratified by Guinness World Records. On its way to establishing the record, the machine known as Fastrac Two achieved a top speed of 153.771 mph.

JCB’s Fastrac One set a new British tractor speed record in June, with an average maximum speed of 103.6 mph. Fastrac One and Fastrac Two are based on the commercially available JCB 8000-series Fastrac tractor, which is sold in North America and is the world’s fastest production tractor with a top speed of 43 mph.

“This has been a massive undertaking, so thank you very much to JCB and its [...]

  • 223,838 vehicles with the three-pointed star were sold worldwide in September - a new record for this month due to a double-digit growth (+10.4%).
  • Car deliveries from Mercedes-Benz rose worldwide from July to September with 590,514 units to a new record for the third quarter (+12.2%). In China, the Stuttgart-based company with the star even achieved with 181,233 units the best quarter of all time (+12.9%).
  • Return to sales growth in the year to date: 1,725,243 Mercedes-Benz cars were handed over to customers until September (+0.6%).
  • “We have posted the best-ever third quarter for Mercedes-Benz – a strong team performance of which we are extremely proud, especially in these challenging times,” said Britta Seeger, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing and Sales.

 

Stuttgart.  Mercedes-Benz achieved a new September record last month with 223,838 vehicles [...]

Stuttgart.  With sales of 177,819 cars in August, Mercedes-Benz posted double-digit growth (+14.0%) for the second time in succession. At the same time, a new record was set for the month of August. Double-digit

sales growth in all three regions – Europe, Asia-Pacific and NAFTA – and in those regions’ core markets was achieved last month. The continuing popularity of the compact cars had a positive impact on the development of unit sales (+28.6%). Deliveries of SUVs increased in August for the first time this year due to sales stimulus from the new models (+8.7%). Furthermore, worldwide deliveries increased once again last month of saloon cars of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class (+6.7%) and E-Class (+14.7%). Sales of 1,501,405 units in the first eight months of the year by the Stuttgart-based company with the three-pointed star are approaching the high prior-year level (-0.7%).

From January until August, Mercedes-Benz maintained its market [...]

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